Items tagged with RPI

The Raspberry Pi 4 launched just a few months ago in late June, and represented the most powerful extension of the single-board PC concept to-date. The performance of the quad-core Broadcom BCM2711 Cortex-A72 SoC means that users can expect an increase in heat generated; especially when the system is overclocked. Although it seems a little comical to think of people overclocking a RPi, there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that need to eke out every last bit of performance for their applications. That's where the Blink Blink ICE Tower Fan comes into play. The cooler features a beefy radiator along with 5mm copper tubes and a 58mm fan. And in what is a bit of an overindulgence for... Read more...
Many wonderful things can be and have been said about the Raspberry Pi — it's adroitness as a programming learning tool, its remarkably low cost-of-entry, the strong and varied community that has developed around it, the user creativity it inspires, its oh-so-oh-so-cool factor — but one thing never said is that it provides a clean, well-contained user computing experience. That's because, well, it doesn't. The truth is that the typical Raspberry Pi system is precisely the opposite, presenting as a chaotic jumble of cables, cords, wires, USB hubs, peripheral devices, and various power supplies. It is still marvelously useful, though, and provides a ton of techy fun for boys... Read more...
The do-it-yourself Raspberry Pi boasts some pretty modest specs, but it's been proven time and time again that it's no slouch where gaming's concerned. In November, it was announced that Minecraft is being ported to the platform (it's still not here as of the time of this post), and not long after, the Raspberry Pi App Store was rolled-out offering a couple of open-source games that run just fine on the platform. OpenArena will look instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever played Quake III, as it's based on the open-source port of the id Tech 3 engine, ioquake3. Development has been on-going since 2005, though the game is still not considered "final" software. However, it's still very well-developed... Read more...
Since the Raspberry Pi's launch, we've seen the market surrounding these small all-in-one system boards explode. Usually, however, any form of competition that comes along amps things up only so much. Maybe a slight RAM boost, performance increase or the addition of some other functionality such as wireless. Well, for those tired of seeing these minor boosts, Hardkernel has got you covered. Hardkernel offers four ODROID models in total, but two are considered flagship; ODROID-U2 and ODROID-X2 (pictured below). What makes them special right out of the gate is their inclusion of a Samsung Exynos4412 quad-core SoC - the same chip found in Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. On both the U2... Read more...
"But does it run Minecraft?" Yes - it's the tamer version of the age-old Crysis question, but it's an important one given Minecraft's amazing success. While mobile gamers have access to Minecraft: Pocket Edition, those who own DIY Raspberry Pi boards have been out of luck. But, thanks to the hard work by the developers at Mojang, that initial question above can soon be answered with a resounding "Yes!". It's important to note the "official" distinction here. This isn't the result of someone just fooling around with the RPi who manages to get Minecraft to run in some sub-par way. Rather, it's ported over by the guys who know how to pull it off successfully. The RPi is hardly a powerhouse, but... Read more...
Many of us are guilty of fiddling with our phones and tablets in bed at night. Whether it’s trying for three stars on every level of Angry Birds, Facebooking, doing some Fantasy Football research, or just streaming a movie, our devices are lit while the bedroom is dark. According to research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) Lighting Research Center (LRC), our electronic backlit devices can seriously affect our sleep cycles. “Our study shows that a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22 percent. Stimulating the human circadian system to this level may affect sleep in those using the devices prior to... Read more...
Western Digital has announced the availability of their Scorpio 320 GB 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive. By "available," they seem to mean they have a picture of one. The Western Digital website says the bare drive is out of stock, and not one vendor I can find in their voluminous list of "Buy Locally" outlets  even lists it yet. Too bad, because at $199 list, this thing is a beast:Massive capacity - Whether they are in an external drive or a notebook computer, WD’s 320 GB 2.5-inch drives offer the most available capacity for space-hungry operating systems like Windows Vista™, plus plenty of room left over for photos, music, and video.Fast and Efficient - With 5400 RPM spin speed and 12 ms... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have one of the largest 2.5” hard drives on the market, the 250GB Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS.  At 5400RPM, it may not be the mobile speed king, but this 2.5" SATA hard drive offers a plethora of nice features, like an 8MB cache and WD's WhisperDrive and ShockGuard technology. Plus, the benchmarks might just surprise you about how well a 5400RPM mobile drive can perform.  Click the link below and check it out... Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS... Read more...
Most of you probably already know that 2.5" notebook hard drives typically aren't as big or fast as hard drives found in desktop machines. In case you aren't aware, most laptops are sold with 5400RPM hard drives that range from 60GB to 100GB. In contrast, most desktops are currently sold with 7200RPM hard drives with capacities of up to 1TB. Just like desktop hard drives, though, laptop hard drives have gotten quite a bit bigger and faster over the last couple years. While desktop hard drives hit 1TB (1,000GB) a while ago, laptop hard drives recently reached 250GB. At least one manufacturer will have a 320GB laptop hard drive available soon, but that still doesn't get us anywhere near... Read more...
WD SHIPS INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST CAPACITY MOBILE HARD DRIVE FOR NOTEBOOKS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICES New 250 GB WD Scorpio Drives Are WD's Second Generation Employing Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Technology LAKE FOREST, Calif. - May 21, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its 250 GB WD Scorpio 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. The drives employ perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity available in a small form factor drive and have WD proprietary features that make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cool operating temperatures.... Read more...
Has it been two years already? Yeah, it has been, and SLI is still on the lips of every enthusiast. While ATI also offers their own dual video card solution, CrossFire, it still hasn't taken off as well as Nvidia's SLI. But has SLI lived up to the promises and the hopes set for it years ago? NGOHQ ponders that very questing, as they take at look at Nvidia's marketing masterpiece."So in layman's terms SLI is a method whereby you can throw extra video cards into your system so as to make it run faster whilst using higher quality settings. That is fantastic - how could any enthusiast not embrace such a feature?"... Read more...